Prioritizing local people’s livelihoods to solve complex environmental problems

CEDO works with communities to diversify their economic opportunities, both by increasing the value of existing activities and seeking new ones. It is our closely held belief that a more diverse and resilient economy fosters the sustainable use of natural resources, and visa-versa. The coastal communities of the Northern Gulf of California have few economic opportunities. Fishing has long been the mainstay of the local economy, with tourism providing a supplementary alternative in some communities, namely in Puerto Peñasco – Sonora’s most important tourism destination. In towns where tourism is not yet viable, however, a day-to-day dependency on depleted fisheries resources fosters uncertainty in livelihoods. By supporting economic diversity and improving the return on sustainable fishing practices, CEDO is alleviating the pressure placed on fishermen and the ecosystem.